KRG seeks better relations with Baghdad to settle outstanding issues

KRG seeks better relations with Baghdad to settle outstanding issues
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SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday that Erbil is seeking to establish better relations with the federal government in Baghdad and resume talks on outstanding issues.

Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani met with a US delegation led by Senator John McCain and said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is ready to hold talks and negotiations to settle an ongoing dispute with Baghdad.

Tensions between the KRG and central government hit a high in 2015 after officials from both sides accused each other of failing to abide by the terms of an oil revenue sharing deal struck by officials in December 2014.

Talabani told NRT last week that a KRG delegation is ready to visit Iraqi officials in the capital, but is awaiting a response from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on a specific date.

US officials have made repeated calls for officials in Erbil and Baghdad to solve their issues and focus on the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants across the country.

According to a KRG statement issued after the leaders’ meeting, Senator McCain said the US would continue to support Peshmerga forces in the fight against IS, adding that his delegation’s visit to the region was to learn firsthand about the situation on the frontlines and urgent needs.